Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Domestic workers

In what’s being called an "historic day", new law that secures more workers’ rights for domestic workers starts today in Brazil


Creuza Maria (center), president of the National Federation of Domestic Workers celebrates the new law Federal Deputy Benedita da Silva celebrates new law with Creuza Maria The new law for domestic … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Income of Black Brazilians Doubles, But Social Disparities Persist


March commemorating the Day of Black Consciousness in São Paulo, Brazil   Note from BW of Brazil: The article below summarizes many of the topics consistently covered on the BW of … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Brazil has most maids of any country in the world; a legacy of slavery, oppression and social inequality, middle and upper classes want to keep it that way


While the film The Help may have brought back memories of paternalistic, oppressive relationships in the recent past of the US, domestic service in Brazil continues to be a widespread facet of … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Brazil: Where "The Help" is still an unequal reality for black women


  The 2011 film “The Help” portrayed the cruel realities of the lives of black domestic workers in 1960s Mississippi. In modern day Brazil, the often demeaning, unappreciated efforts of … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · 1 Comment